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23 February 1982 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Mason ... Isaac of York

Anthony Andrews ... Wilfred of Ivanhoe

Sam Neill ... Brian de Bois-Guilbert

Michael Hordern ... Cedric

Olivia Hussey ... Rebecca

Lysette Anthony ... Lady Rowena

Julian Glover ... King Richard
George Innes ... Wamba

Ronald Pickup ... Prince John

John Rhys-Davies ... Front-de-Boeuf

David Robb ... Robin Hood

Stuart Wilson ... De Bracy

Michael Gothard ... Athelstane

Tony Haygarth ... Friar Tuck
Philip Locke ... Grand Master
Timothy Morand ... Prince John's Attendant
Kevin Stoney ... Fitzurse
Dean Harris ... Phillippe

John Hallam ... Herald
Kenneth Gilbert ... Marshall
Debbie Farrington ... Alicia
Stewart Bevan ... Edward
Geoffrey Beevers ... Beaslin (as Geoffrey Veevers)
John Forgeham ... Front's Lieutenant
Chloe Franks ... Attendant
Robert Russell ... Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenny Baker ... Jester (uncredited)
John Cannon ... Saxton Nobleman (uncredited)

Pat Gorman ... Man who gives Isaac money (uncredited)
Edward Kelsey ... Gate Guard (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Squire (uncredited)

Lucien Morgan ... Sir Edward (uncredited)

Chris Parsons ... Knights Templar Guard (uncredited)

Jack Purvis ... Jester (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Camfield 
Writing credits
John Gay (written by)

Walter Scott (novel "Ivanhoe") (as Sir Walter Scott)

Produced by
William Hill .... associate producer
Norman Rosemont .... producer
Original Music by
Allyn Ferguson 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Blunden 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
John Blezard 
Art Direction by
Ken Court 
Set Decoration by
Terry Parr 
Costume Design by
Olga Lehmann 
Makeup Department
Helene Bevan .... hair stylist
Robin Grantham .... makeup artist
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist
Jane Royle .... makeup artist
Barbara Sutton .... hair stylist
Robin Grantham .... makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Laurie Greenwood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Lanning .... second assistant director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
David Tringham .... second unit director
Art Department
Andy Andrews .... property master
Bill Surridge .... construction manager
Sound Department
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
Ivan Sharrock .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
Vic Armstrong .... stunt arranger
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Dickey Beer .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Bonehill .... riding double (uncredited)
Wendy Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Devis .... camera operator: second unit (as Jim Devis)
John May .... supervising electrician
Joe Pearce .... still photographer
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe master
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Peter Honess .... assistant editor
Location Management
Roy Button .... location manager
Music Department
Allyn Ferguson .... conductor
Other crew
Peter Harvey .... production accountant
Doreen Landry .... unit publicist
Sally Pardo .... production assistant
Doreen Soan .... continuity
Callum McDougall .... production runner (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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142 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) (2009) | Sweden:15 (video rating) | USA:Not Rated

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First and only time that Sam Neill appeared on film with his mentor, James Mason. Mason had seen some of Neill's Australian film and theater work and helped him to get work in Europe and America.See more »
Errors in geography: At the very end as Rebecca leaves the castle, we see the sea in the background. But York is inland.See more »
Athelstone:I'll be drawn by wild horses before I consent to part from her.See more »
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Version of Ivanhoe (1952)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
New and above average adaptation derived from Sir Walter Scott classic novel, 24 May 2011
Author: ma-cortes

Remake of the 1953 classic movie directed by Richard Thorpe with Robert Taylor , George Sanders , Joan Fontaine and Elizabeth Taylor . Good family fare with romance and great action scenes . TV film which proved to be notable success in this lively rendition about chivalry and knighthood in 1194 England. Knights battle each other and woo maidens on this chivalrous epic romance .This splendid version of Sir Walter Scott's classic epic tale starts in 12th century, when Saxon Knight Wilfrid of Ivanhoe (Anthony Andrews , in the classic version Robert Taylor), a suitable noble wielding a shield titled Desdichado, having fought for Richard the Lionhearted( Julian Glover) during the Crusades, goes back to England . Meanwhile the King Richard has been taken prisoner and asks help : 'To the people of England . I am here held captive by Leopold of Austria. My brother, prince John has knowledge of it, yet he has denied my ransom. One hundred and fifty thousand marks of silver. I fear he does conspire with certain Norman knights to seize my throne. People of England, speed my deliverance. Your kingdom is at stake'. In order to regain his freedom , Ivanhoe confronts Prince John (Ronald Pickup in the role of Guy Rolfe) and his lieutenants (in this case Sam Neill , John Rhys-Davies , Stuart Wilson) and he's also drawn to Jewish healer Rebecca (Olivia Hussey in the Elizabeth Taylor's character ), daughter of Isaac of York (James Mason in the role Felix Aylmer). Meantime , Ivanhoe woo maidens, as his childhood sweetheart , Saxon heiress Rowena (Lysette Anthony in the Joan Fontaine's role). Prince John, now John Lackland will stop at nothing to assume the throne , while waiting for King Richard to return from the Cruisades . Ivanhoe join forces with Robin Hood and his Merry man who attack the stronghold.

Sir Walter Scott's story of romance and chivalry in Medieval England is faithfully brought to life in this superb Telefilm in which Anthony Edwards stars as Ivanhoe who fights the evil Prince John and his hoodlums in an attempt to restore Richard Lion Heart -the Black Night- to the throne. This enjoyable film displays romance, chivalry, knighthood, daring jousting and lots of action with spectacular castle attack . The jousting , tournaments and other action sequences with a plethora of sword-fights involving maces, axes and chains are magnificently handled . The authentic battle images are among the most spectacular ever shot for television , as the siege of Torquillstone castle is a truly exciting sequence and the ending duel between the dastardly Bois-Guilbert excellently played by Sam Neill and Ivanhoe is impressive . This one proved notable hit as well as the original version . But this is more than just the habitual British TV spectacle , as the novel's issue of anti-semitism is deal with honestly in the person of Rebecca and Isaac Of Yok , very well played by Olivia Hussey and James Mason respectively, who are discriminated against , while unfortunate Rebecca is put on trial and condemned as witch to burning pole ; being suddenly saved by Ivanhoe . The film packs a glamorous and luminous cinematography by John Coquillon and evocative musical score by Ferguson. The picture is excellently handled by Douglas Camfield.

The film is partially based on true events. Although Ivanhoe didn't exist, John Lackland was king of England from 1199 to 1216. Few monarchs have been subject to such appalling publicity as John, Although by no means lovable, he was an able administrator and spent more time in England than his predecessor and elder brother Richard I but he was jailed by Leopold of Austria, returning from Crusades. Besides appears Robin Hood, also known Robin O'Locksley and the Earl of Huntingdom, is probably and sadly a creation of romantic imaginations. If Robin Hood did exist, it's almost certain that he was not a Saxon , though his enemies may well have been the Norman sheriff of Nottinghan and Prince and later king John Lackland.

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